MARTA Police Arrest Suspect in Battery Against Elderly Customer

Atlanta man charged with simple battery in connection with recent incident involving a 68-year-old customer who was forcibly removed from a train.

A YouTube video shot by a MARTA passenger shows a man shoving an elderly man with a walker off a train
A YouTube video shot by a MARTA passenger shows a man shoving an elderly man with a walker off a train

MARTA police announced the Thursday arrest of Loren Hooks, of Atlanta, on a simple battery charge in connection with the June 7 incident involving a 68-year-old customer who was forcibly removed from a train stopped at the East Lake rail station.

Hooks, 43, has been transported to the DeKalb County Jail.  

The incident was captured by a passenger via cellphone, who shared the video on YouTube. Witnesses said the elderly man was making inappropriate comments to the female passengers around him, when a younger man grabbed the older man and pushed him out the doors at the station.

MARTA officials communicated that they appreciate the tips and other assistance they have received from witnesses who provided information about this incident.

Customers can always dial 404-848-4911 to report an emergency or, when using the rail system, simply pick up the marked, customer assistance phones on the platform.

Intercom units are located inside every rail car and can be used to notify the train operator. All customers with smartphones should also download MARTA’s free “See & Say” app that enables them to contact MARTA Police and snap a picture discreetly.

Dominique Huff June 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM
And the old guy was not charged with disorderly conduct? Only in Atlanta! Hoodrats rule yet again! This is the reason why we can't have nice things. Yes, two wrongs don't make a right but however lets not act like this was some old man who was minding his own business. He was disrupting the ride for everyone else.
R. Phillips June 13, 2014 at 03:07 PM
I thank the man who took action. So many others who did nothing to help, or call authorities themselves and now are second guessing, "just did not want to get involved." I think it would have been better understood if the person who took the film and posted it, had also taken pictures of the disruptive man and his actions.
DaMoment June 14, 2014 at 04:22 AM
Words don't define me. We should pick and choose our battles. If he felt he wanted to make a comment, I guess he could...not saying it is appropriate. At the same time, he should be old enough to know some things are better left unsaid. I ride MARTA everyday without fear...see and hear many different things that aren't about me. People are just too impatient and too quick to snap, acting like it's about them. I do not care about you, just don't bother me. If someone was getting beat that's one thing but to bother someone because they are running off at the mouth? Ignorance is all over stupidity.
OnceWasAnnie June 17, 2014 at 07:26 PM
DaMoment: You say, "If someone's getting beat that's one thing...". Well, how about the two transgender women who were beat up on a Marta train a few weeks ago? I've been verbally harassed on Marta buses and no one came to my aid, either. I still ride the train and buses, though. I have no choice.
OnceWasAnnie June 17, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Dominique: This isn't confined to Atlanta, dear. Seattle has some really messed up individuals who ride public transportation. Good luck if you get assaulted out there, the bus drivers don't give a damn. Washington, D.C. is better and I never feared for my life riding into the 'hood, even late at night.


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